The Power of I AM

(volume 1): Chapter 3

“I AM the light of the world” [John 8:12], crystallizing into the form of my conception of myself. Consciousness is the eternal light which crystallizes only through the medium of your conception of yourself. Change your conception of yourself and you will automatically change the world in which you live. Do not try to change people; they are only messengers telling you who you are. Revalue yourself and they will confirm the change.

There is only One Creative Power. There is only One Source. God is called Awareness, Unconditioned Consciousness, Life. There is only one Life and all things in the world are made inside and out of Life or Consciousness. The Bible calls God I AM, which means Being or Existence. I AM conceives itself to be sun, moon, stars, planets, etc. In fact, everything you see is the I AM in infinite differentiation. There is only one Cause, one Substance, one Source. Whatever you affix to I AM through feeling, you create in your world of expression. That is what the Bible means when it says that there is nothing made that is not made that way. Nothing is made without feeling. If you feel poor, you become poor; if you feel prosperous, you become prosperous; if you feel dignified, you become dignified.

THE door is the door of our own consciousness. I AM the door. Everything we experience in life comes through our own consciousness. Our states of consciousness represent what we think, feel, believe, and give consent to.
Our states of consciousness are always made manifest. Nothing happens on the outside without first happening on the inside. Before we can manifest health, peace, and abundance, we must first possess our desire in consciousness. We must have the feeling of possession inside. I must be before I can have. The ancients said, “To be is to have.”

If a man tries to achieve what he wants through external means, it will forever elude him. He is a thief and a robber in the sense that he is robbing himself of the joy of manifesting his ideal, by refusing to claim and feel its reality mentally. He must have the mental equivalent first; then its manifestation follows. Our own mind or consciousness (I AM) is the door to all expression.

The great truth is that our own I AM-NESS (consciousness) can resurrect and make visible that which we accept and feel as true within. Your own consciousness has the power to resurrect you from any state of limitation.

The worldly-minded state of consciousness in all of us which looks into the far-distant future and says, “Someday I will reach my goal. Someday I will be happy.” This is not the correct attitude, for we must realize that we can take our desire in consciousness (I AM, Not I will) now and bring it to birth immediately if only we will believe.

You are what you contemplate and feel as having already happened and true;
therefore you have discovered that your “I AM”
is your savior.

You must have no master or lord but (I AM) God–The One Power. We must categorically and emphatically mentally reject all other powers but the One Primal Cause, the Spirit within. If we have a master, we are slaves. This is why He says, “Call no man master.” Man is not a serf. He has been given dominion.
When we are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that our own I AM-NESS is our Lord and Master, we know no other and we are free.

“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This means that no manifestation comes to us save our own consciousness draws it. The me referred to is our own I AM-NESS. Your I AM-NESS is the mother and father of all ideas. When Philip says, “Show us the Father,” he is calling forth our dominant mood. One cannot see a mood or a feeling. When you actually become aware of the principle of inner causation, you have discovered your God or your Father in Heaven. Having now discovered the Principle of Life, you must begin to use it wisely. Never permit the suggestion of defeat and impotency to inhibit the free flow of this inner life. Whatever you become aware of determines whether you see lack or confusion or whether you see opulence, order, and harmony in your world.

The actions of others toward you bear witness to your state of consciousness. If the fruit of the tree is rotten, there is something wrong with the tree; likewise if you are experiencing lack and limitation, you must change the vine. I AM is the vine. You must go within and change your consciousness, and as you change your mental attitude and estimate of yourself, you change your experiences, conditions, and events. There is no one to change but yourself!

Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. {John 14:13 / John 15:16 / John 16:23}

Whatsoever you ask means whatever you claim or believe as true will come to pass. The name means the naturalness of the state sought or the mental atmosphere of acceptance. If all we had to say was, “In the name of

Jesus rise and walk,” we would perform miracles. Obviously there is another meaning. Asking in the name of Jesus means feeling the reality of the fulfilled desire in your own consciousness (I AM).

Spiritual man is I AM; manifest man is I will. I AM is the Jehovah God of Scripture, and I will is the Adam. It is the I AM man that forms and breathes into the I will man the “breath of life.” When we are in the realm of the ideal, we are I AM; when we are expressing ideals in thought or in act, we are I will. When the I will gets so absorbed in its realm of expression that it loses sight of the ideal and centers all its attention in the manifest, it is Adam listening to the serpent and hiding from Jehovah God. This breaks the connection between Spirit and manifestation, and man loses that spiritual consciousness which is his under divine law. In this state of mind the real source of supply is cut off, and there is a drawing upon the reserve forces of the organism, the tree of life. It is in this experience that man is described as being driven out of the Garden of Eden, or the paradise of Being.

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